Good Day to the YAG team and family,
I trust you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We all have so much to be grateful for and for certain, I am grateful for the YAG team and family. Thank you for being with us in our pursuits and our businesses. It is wonderful to know and enjoy the business and work life with so many wonderful people.
I try to write in my journal every day and I accomplish it 80% of the time. I would recommend you get in the habit of writing in your personal journal. I know, I know… it is one of those things that’s hard to get into the habit of writing down what you did and how your life is going.
I just inherited a journal, a “Daylogue” of my Grand Mother on my Dad’s side of the family. It is a little 3×5-inch notebook that was given to her on Christmas 1919. She wrote in it every day during the years 1920-1924. I am reading through the pages of cursive writing of differing colors of ink and it is interesting what she wrote about and what she did. It is interesting to know what she did each day and how many days over those 5 years were very similar. The thing that is not there is what she thought, how she felt or what she learned.
As I write in my journal each day I finish with, “My takeaways” for the day. So, from what I put down for my activities and meetings or whatever, I finish with what I learned today or what impressed me. I think or I hope if one of my grandchildren or great-grandchildren read my journal they will know, not only my activities and what I did each day but what my thoughts were, what did I learn and what impressed me.
We are all a ‘work in progress.’ Daily we function, we meet people, we work and play and have frustrations with highs and lows… But do you learn from them and whom do you share them with? I think there are a lot of good things people learn and wisdom gained that is lost for future generations because they don’t share them. First share them with yourself in your personal journal and then maybe you will share your progress, your wisdom and what you have learned with others as they read your personal words.
So, I have two pieces of advice for you all today:
- Keep a personal journal. (It’s therapeutic too)
- Finish the day or page in your journal with “your takeaways”. What you learned, what impressed you, what wisdom and knowledge did you gain today.
Remember, you never know the many future generations you will impress and teach as you share. Can you imagine what you could have learned more from your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents? It could be not only historic but you/we could have learned and progressed from what they learned from their personal trials and activities.
I trust you all had a great Thanksgiving and I wish you all a wonderful work day and holiday season ahead. Remember this is the time and season to prepare your thoughts and bucket lists for 2018. Great things will be created by us all in the next year. I am so grateful for you all.
Now keep that journal.
4 thoughts on “Journal Takeaways – A Message From Spencer Young Sr.”
i liked the idea’s of the take away’s. It is something I am going to challenge myself to do every day and at the end of the month read what I learned and how I grew from that. Thank you for sharing
I used to keep a journal, but have gotten out of the habit of writing in it. Thanks for the reminder of how important it can be. I am going to start that journal again and I will include takeaway’s. Thanks for the life advice that you are always so willing to share with us, I am very grateful for that. Have a fantastic week!
This was a great reminder to me that I need to continue my own journal. Thank you for sharing the journal that your grandmother wrote her personal thoughts and such. You are an inspiration to all of us. Thank you
Thanks for the reminder. I struggle on those days when the activities become monotonous and “regular”. I appreciate the idea of writing down “takeaways” from the day as well as thoughts and impressions. That is a great idea!